The Promise of Passive Defenses

by James Bonomo, James A. Thomson

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This paper reviews the capabilities of Soviet tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs) and considers passive defense measures such as hardening, redundancy, dispersal, and mobility, that NATO might use against them. The authors conclude that, for the capabilities imputed to Soviet TBMs in the 1990s, passive defenses may be able to effectively counter conventional TBM attacks.

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